Kolkata: Security has been beefed up across major stations under the Eastern Railway after it received a “threat letter” at its headquarters in Kolkata on Friday.
The letter which allegedly mentions the name of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad threatens to “blow-up” major stations such as Howrah and Sealdah. The letter was received by the office of the general manager of Eastern Railway.
“A letter, addressed to the GM, was received on Friday afternoon. The chief security commissioner immediately took the matter up with the state administration and security has been beefed up across major stations,” said RN Mahapatra, chief public relations officer with the Eastern Railway.
According to sources, the handwritten letter sent via speed post allegedly asks railways to pay Rs 50 crore, failing which it threatens to blow up major stations under the Eastern Railway.
The chief security commissioner of railways has informed the Railway Protection Force, the state government and the state police about the letter.
Accordingly, a case under IPC Sections 505, 506, 507 and 385 has been registered with the Hare Street police station in Kolkata. The special task force is investigating the the source of the letter.